First annual Polish Night: Celebrating...
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    First annual Polish Night: Celebrating the EU
        Page 1
    From the Director
        Page 2
    Spring highlights and outreach events
        Page 3
        Page 4
    New courses and grants
        Page 5
        Page 6
    Study abroad
        Page 7
    Contact info
        Page 8
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-v The CES Gazette
r- Volume 3 Issue 1 Summer 2005

First Annual Polish Night: Celebrating the EU

On April 16, 2005, the Polish Studies Program and the Polish
Student Association (PolSkA) of the University of Florida held
the First Annual Polish Night, "Celebrating the EU!," at the
Keene Faculty Center. The goal of the event was manifold: to
commemorate the first anniversary of Poland's entry into the
European Union on May 1st, to celebrate the first academic year
of an official Polish Studies Program at UF, and to foster
contact and cooperation between the UF academic community
and Florida's Polonia-in other words, the Polish diaspora.
While taught sporadically at UF over the last two decades,
Polish Studies has only recently become a permanent academic presence on campus. Founded in
2004 as a joint undertaking of the Center for European Studies and the Department of Germanic
and Slavic Studies (GSS), almost 50 students have already taken Polish Studies courses. In
addition, PolSkA has over 60 members on the mailing list. Housing the program in both GSS
and the CES reflects the way that geopolitical developments are redefining disciplinary
boundaries within the American university system. Faculty member Dr. Christopher Caes
explains the mission of the Polish Studies Program as "... placing a special emphasis on the
culture and society of contemporary Poland." He notes that "The openness of Poland's future
makes it an exciting time to study and be involved in this period of the country's
transformation." This Program mission was reflected in the schedule of the evening, which
included short remarks by Poland and EU specialists, a video retrospective of the EU
celebrations in Poland on May 1, 2004, as well as a poetry reading.
As part of Polish Night, CES/GSS had the honor of hosting Ms. Anna Pankiewicz of the
Embassy of the Republic of Poland. Ms. Pankiewicz is Second Secretary of the Political Division
responsible for transatlantic relations. Speaking on Polish
foreign policy in light of EU membership, Ms. Pankiewicz
pointed out the extraordinary fact that among Polish citizens Table of Contents
living and voting in Florida, the referendum on Poland's entry
into the EU passed by 97%. In addition to her work on the From the Director.. 2
EU, Ms. Pankiewicz is also responsible for the restitution of Spiing Highlights &
Polish art from the United States. She will visit UF in Fall Outreach Events.. 3-4
2005 for a lecture on this topic. New Courses &
The links between Poland, the EU and Florida were .....
also emphasized by Dr. Petia Kostadinova, Assistant Director .broa.
of the CES, who spoke on "Poland in Florida." Dr.
Kostadinova remarked that, while Florida might seem like an Contact Info ........
unusual place to study Poland, there is a rich Polish heritage
to build upon in the state, as well as increasing business

opportunities between Florida and Poland. She cited
another Florida-Poland fact that surprised many: The CES Gazette
Florida ranks 8th among US states in the number of Volume 3, Issue 1
Polish speaking people, with more than 24,000
Floridians speaking Polish.
Polish Studies Faculty member Dr. Ewa Dr. Amie Kreppel, Director
Wampuszyc presented a reflection on two of Poland's Natasa Kovacevic, Editor
most important 20th-century intellectual, cultural T C G i p
The CES Gazette is published each
and spiritual leaders who died during the 2004-2005 semester to provide information to
academic year: the poet and Nobel laureate Czeslaw faculty, students, and supporters of
Milosz and Karol Wojtyla Pope John Paul II. As a European Studies about the activities
memorial to Milosz and Wojtyla, students of the and programs of the CES. For
Polish Studies Program read Milosz's "Ode for the further information, please visit the
80th birthday of Pope John Paul II" (written in 2000). CES website at www.ces.ufl.edu.
These students were Magdalena Andrzejczyn,
Krystyna Burzynski, Andrea Dallas, Katarzyna
Merlak, and Christina Paradowski. Ms. Paradowski also presented the speakers for the evening.
All in all, the First Annual Polish Night was a great success, gathering over 60 people from
UF's academic community and members of local Polonia. The hard work of PolSkA officers,
Kamil Kubal, Magdalena Andrzejczyn, and Christina Paradowski, was instrumental in getting
this event off the ground. No less significant were the sponsors of the evening, which included
the CES, GSS, VISA, and Mr. and Mrs. Czeslaw and Barbara Paradowski of Ft. Lauderdale,
Florida. Many thanks to all who contributed to this event! Serdecznie dziekujemy!

From the Director

As the CES wraps up it second year I would like to continue to highlight the efforts of the people
without whose dedication, hard work and impressive accomplishments the CES could never
have achieved so much so quickly. No one exemplifies this commitment more than the Assistant
Director of the CES, Dr. Petia Kostadinova.
Since assuming her current position as second in command in May 2004, Petia has
worked tirelessly to build and consolidate both the educational and administrative components
of the CES. Thanks to her academic strengths in political science and political economy, Petia has
been able to offer new and much needed courses on the economic transition of Eastern and
Central Europe and the impact of the recent enlargement of the European Union (including a EU
funded Jean Monnet course Eastern Europe and the EU). This same scholarly expertise has made
her an invaluable contributor to the CES outreach program through numerous guest lectures,
seminars and talks to audiences ranging from K-12 teachers and students to Florida's business
community. As a native of Bulgaria her links to Eastern Europe have been essential in developing
new collaborative projects with universities from the region as well as developing important links
to heritage communities in the US, including a recent visit to UF by the Bulgarian Ambassador,
Elena Poptodorova.
At the same time as she has contributed to the educational goals of the CES on and off
campus, Petia has also provided important contributions to the administrative organization and
programmatic development of the CES. Her willingness and ability to take on new tasks, resolve
problems and manage crises has been essential in adapting to the rapid growth of the CES.
Throughout the past year Petia has greeted the successes and accomplishments, as well as the
challenges and disappointments of the CES with fortitude and remarkable good humor. Her
ability to balance and fulfill both the academic and administrative components of the Assistant
Director position has made her a truly invaluable member of the CES.

Spring 2005 Highlights

Bulgarian Ambassador to the United States
Visits the University of Florida

On April 6, 2005, the Center for European Studies hosted a
talk by Ms. Elena Poptodorova, Bulgarian Ambassador to
the United States, titled "NATO Today, EU Tomorrow:
Bulgaria's New Missions." Before becoming ambassador,
Ms. Poptodorova was a member of the Bulgarian Parlia-
Sment who worked to promote Bulgaria's accession to the
European Union. During her talk at UF, Poptodorova
S discussed a number of political changes that took place in
Bulgaria in the wake of 9/11, including its decision to join
NATO and the coalition to fight world terrorism, specifically
the military efforts in Iraq. Ms. Poptodorova noted that these decisions stirred up a lot of contro-
versy in Bulgaria due to the new intelligence concerning Iraq's perceived military threat and the
absence of unanimous public and political support for the war in Iraq. Nevertheless, they ad-
vanced Bulgaria's mission to distance itself from former Soviet influence and become a geopoliti-
cal partner of the European Union.
Together with Romania, Bulgaria is scheduled to join the European Union on January 1,
2007. However, it has yet to meet a number of economic and political criteria applied to the
accession countries. The most challenging tasks, Ms. Poptodorova pointed out, consist in reform-
ing Bulgaria's legislative system, improving the quality of agricultural products, implementing
privatization, and restructuring the education and health care systems.

Florida and the European Union:
The Economic Ties that Bind

On February 9, 2005, the Center for European
Studies organized a reception and panel
discussion on "Florida and the European Union:
The Economic Ties that Bind" at the State
Capitol in Tallahassee. Invited panelists from
various European embassies and consulates,
European businesses based in Florida, and
Florida companies doing business with
European counterparts presented on the state of
cooperation between Florida and the European
Union. Over thirty members of the Florida
legislature and/or their staffers attended this
event which emphasized the new opportunities

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June 13 Workshop for K-12 teachers in Alachua County, "Teaching about
the European Union"

June 14 Seminar for business leaders in Jacksonville, "Europe and the CE
Mark -- A Marketing Strategy"

June 15 Seminar for business leaders in Tampa, "European Trading
Opportunities and Regulations," featuring Countess Eva Alexandra Gr ifin
Kendefft, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany to Florida,
Puerto Rico, and LIS Virgin Islands

July 18 29 Summer Workshop for K-12 teachers, "Maximizing Language
Input in the Classroom"

for Florida in the recently enlarged European Union. After the opening reception and
introduction by CES Director Dr. Amie Kreppel, Enterprise Florida's Manuel Mencia and Joe
Kulenovic gave an overview of the current Florida-EU relationship. Jose Boscan from the Walt
Disney Company and Angela Silva from Indra Sistemias Inc. offered company perspectives on
opportunities for, as well as obstacles to, growth and economic cooperation. Mr. Manuel Molina,
Consul General of Belgium, Mr. Giorgio Imparato and Mr. Roberto Tagliero from the Consulate
General of Italy, Mr. Jose Ruiz Arbeloa from the Embassy of Spain, and Christophe Bouchard,
Consul General of France introduced their respective countries' perspectives on the Florida-EU
The attendees' remarks during the Q&A section and in informal conversations at the
reception that followed suggest that the panel discussion was very informative and fulfilled its
primary purpose of increasing awareness of the European Union and its significance to the state
of Florida. Some members of the Florida legislature were pleasantly surprised to learn that the
EU is Florida's largest source of Foreign Direct Investment, with over a $13 billion inflow in
2002, or three times the amount invested by the second largest economic partner and investor,
Canada. Also, they expressed strong interest in participating in similar events in the future.

CES Introduces New University Scholar

The CES is happy to announce that Benjamin Freeman, a senior majoring
in Political Science, was selected as the CES' University Scholar for the
2005-2006 academic year. Mr. Freeman will work with CES Assistant
Director Dr. Petia Kostadinova on a project researching the factors which
.. facilitate the adoption of the acquis communautaire in the applicant coun-
tries of the European Union. Mr. Freeman will receive a stipend of $2500
and $500 in travel funds from the University Scholar's program. Congratu-


Fall 2005 Courses

CES Courses

CZE 1130
CZE 2200
RUS 4905/CZT 3930
RUS 4905/CZT 3930
HNG 1130
RUS 4905/HNG 2200
PLT 3564
PLT 3930
POL 1115/1130
POL 1115/1130
POL 2200
CPO 4731
POS 4931
GRK 1130
GRK 4300
CLT 3370
SYA 7933
SYA 4930
EUH 3930

CPO 6046

Intro to Czech Language and Culture
Intermediate Czech 1
Czech Culture 1: Advanced Czech Language and Culture
Czech Culture 2: Czech Culture from 1948 to Present
Intro to Hungarian 1
Intermediate Hungarian 1
Modern Polish Culture 1
Special Topics Polish
Elementary Polish 1
Polish Language and Culture 1
Intermediate Polish 1
Democratization Global Perspective
The Domestic Politics of EU Enlargement
Beginning Modern Greek 1
Modern Greek Literature Since 1830
Myths Greeks and Romans
European Migration
Political Sociology
Modernism: Cultural and Intellectual History of Europe in the 19th &
20th Centuries
Advanced Industrial Societies: Comparative Politics of Institutions

EU Studies Minor Courses

For a list of CES affiliated
faculty and \our chance to
become a CES affiliate faculty
member, please visit our
website at www.ces. ufl.edlu.


POS 4931 The Domestic Politics of EU Enlargement (core course)
GET 3581 Literature and the Art of the Holocaust (enhanced course)
INR 3502 International Institutions (enhanced course)
ECO 4934 Transition Economies and EU Accession (enhanced course)


UF Students Decide: Bulgaria
and Romania to Enter the
European Union in 2007

After months of preparations, followed by weeks of
intense negotiations, the European Parliament voted
for Bulgaria and Romania's admission to the EU.
Accession Treaties were signed on April 19, 2005 in
Gainesville, Florida, six days before the real-life treaty
signing in Brussels. This was the culmination of an EU
Enlargement Simulation, conducted as part of a new
class offered at UF. The class, East Europe and the
European Union: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow, is sponsored by the Jean Monnet Program of
the European Commission and focuses on the intersection between East European and
European Union politics. During the simulation, students were divided in several groups: team
Bulgaria and team Romania were led by their respective Chief Negotiators, while the European
Commission formed two teams in charge of negotiating with each country. Also represented
were the Councils of Agriculture and Labor Ministries as well as five European Parliament
parties. The simulation gave students the opportunity to role-play state leaders, parliament
members and Brussels bureaucrats involved in the enlargement process, thus gaining firsthand
experience of its intricacies and challenges.
The class will be offered again in Spring 2006. The longterm plan is to create and train a
team of UF students which will take part in regional and national simulation competitions.

Center for European Studies Grants

The Center for European Studies offers new course development ($4000 each) and course
enhancement ($2500 each) grants to UF faculty in any discipline. These grants are designed to
aid faculty in the development of new interdisciplinary courses with a substantial European
focus, or to enhance existing courses on European topics to incorporate new technologies, to
broaden the scope of the course to make it more interdisciplinary, or to create a capstone
experience add-on unit that incorporates a study-abroad visit to Europe. For more information
about these annual competitions, go to http://www.ces.ufl.edu/NewCourseDevGrant.pdf and

The CES also awards faculty and graduate student travel grants of up to $1,000 each. UF
faculty can use these grants to travel to Europe to pursue research, course development, course
enhancement, or to present work at a scholarly conference or workshop. UF graduate students
can use these grants to travel to Europe to pursue intensive
Check out exterInal funding language study, dissertation research, or to present work at
opportunities at our website: a scholarly conference or workshop. Afull description of
ww. ces. ii fl. edu. this biannual competition is at http://www.ces.ufl. edu/
FacultyTravelGrant.pdf and http://www. ces.ufl. edu/


Study Abroad

NEW! Study Abroad Program in Pecs and Budapest: The UF in
Pecs and Budapest Program offers students an opportunity to earn six .
credits at the University of P6cs (Hungarian Language in Action and
Hungary at the Crossroads, taught in English). Students will spend four
weeks in Pecs and two weeks in Budapest. Cultural excursions are also
planned in the vicinity of these two cities and around Lake Balaton,
the largest lake in Europe and the location of Hungary's many cultural
sites. Contact: Dr. Alice Freifeld (alicef@ufl.edu) and Edit Nagy
NEW! Study Abroad Program in Krakow: This program,
scheduled to open in Summer 2006, is being designed in
cooperation with Jagiellonian University, Central Europe's second
oldest university. Students will have the opportunity to earn UF
credit by attending Polish language courses as well as courses taught
in English on various aspects of Polish culture, history and society.
The program will also provide an introduction to this rich region of
Poland through excursions in Krakow and environs. Contact: Dr.
Chris Caes (case@ufl.edu) and Dr. Ewa Wampuszyc
Prague Summer Study Abroad Program: UF students will be
studying at the Charles University Institute for Language and Prepa-
ratory Studies (ILPS), located near the Vysehrad. Prior knowledge of
the Czech language is NOT required. This is a language and culture
program combined with an in-country cultural experience. Students
are required to take conversational Czech taught by ILPS faculty at
all levels, and a course on the politics, history and culture of Central s -
and Eastern Europe taught entirely by a UF faculty member, in order
to count the program towards the European Union Studies Minor.
Contact: Dr. Conor O'Dwyer (codwyer@ufl.edu).

Summer Study Abroad at Vesaliuis College, VUB in
Brussels, Belgium: The Vesalius College is an English-language
international college within the Dutch-speaking Belgian Vrije
Universiteit Brussel (VUB). The program is part of the European
Union Studies Minor, and unless previously discussed and ap-
proved by the Director, all students must take a 3-unit course,
POS 4931 Special Topics (topic varies by year). Contact: Dr. Amie
Kreppel (kreppel@ces.ufl.edu).

Salzburg Study Abroad Program: This program is perfect for
History and Political Science majors, students who want to complete
the introductory German language sequence (equivalent to GER
1122), and all other students interested in taking the following
courses: Modern Europe, Economics and Politics of the European Union
(students must take this class in order to qualify for the European
Union Studies Minor) or Beginning German III. Contact: Glenn
Kepic (gkepic@advising.ufl.edu).


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Contact us:
Dr. Amie Kreppel, Director
email: kreppel@ces.ufl.edu
Dr. Petia Kostadinova, Asst. Director
email: petiak@ces.ufl.edu
Nikki Kernaghan, Outreach Coordinator
email: nikkik@ufl.edu

Phone: 392-8902

Brano Kovalcik, Academic Programs
email: branoko@ufl.edu
Nubia Pena, Coordinator for
Administrative Services
email: npena@ces.ufl.edu

Graduate Assistant: Natasa Kovacevic

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